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Dajipur Sanctuary

Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary (Bison Sanctuary) is a wildlife sanctuary located in Radhanagari Taluka of Kolhapur district, Maharashtra state India. It lies at the southern end of the Sahyadri hills in the Western Ghats. It is notable as the first declared wildlife sanctuary in Maharashtra, notified in 1958, as Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary and is popularly known as the “Bison Sanctuary”.

Previously jungle of Radhanagari was specially used as favorite hunting spot by the king of Kolhapur Chhtrapati Shahu Maharaj. In the year 1958 the area of 19.61 sq.km was declared as sanctuary. After that by taking into account the importance of flora and fauna in this area, In 1985 Government of Maharashtra declared the jungles of the catchment areas of “Laxmi Reservoir”, Radhanagari and Rajarshi Shahu Sagar Kalammawadi as Radhanagari wildlife sanctuary. This is the first historical sanctuary in Maharashtra. It is included in eighteen hot spot regions of the world. The Biological and Ecological value of the area is of global significance. This sanctuary is famous exclusively for Gaur (Bison). T. The forest under sanctuary classified into southern tropical semi evergreen forest southern tropical, moist mixed deciduous forest and west coast tropical evergreen forest The plateau tops in this region are lateritic in origin, . In Radhanagari wildlife sanctuary there are several tourist attractions which are visited by number of tourist every year. Significant attractions investigated by researchers are highlighted in the paper

The sanctuary is located between 16°10 to 16°30 north latitude and 73°52 to 74°14 east longitude. The Krishna River tributaries; Bhogavati River, Dudhganga River, Tulshi River, Kallamma River and Dirba River flow through the sanctuary area. State Highway 116 passes through the center of the sanctuary.

* Note : Sanctuary is closed on every Tuesday

Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary contains tropical evergreen forests typical of the northern Western Ghats. 425 species of plants have been recorded in the sanctuary. The main species found over here are

  • Anjani
  • Jambul
  • Hirda
  • Awala
  • Pisa
  • Ain
  • Kinja
  • Amba
  • Kumbha
  • Bhoma
  • Chandala
  • Katak
  • Nana
  • Umbar
  • Jambha
  • Gela
  • Bibba and
  • banana
  • Karvi is found over almost the entire area.
  • Flowers of Karvand bush
  • Climbing plants such asShikekai and Garambi are common.
  • Shrub species and medicinal plants such as
  • Karvand, Vagati (Candy Corn Plant ),
  • Ranmiri (orange climber),
  • Tamalpati, [Toran],
  • Dhayati (fire-flame bush),
  • Kadipatta (curry tree),
  • [Nothapodytes nimmoniana|Narkya, Murudsheng (Indian screw-fruit) and small amount of Bamboo are also found.
  • Large numbers of ephemeral bulbs of seasonal plants are also found here.
  • Many sacred groves or devrais have been protected as a result of the efforts of the local communities.



Sanctuary contains

  • 47 species of Mammals
  • 59 species of reptiles
  • 264 species of birds and
  • 66 species of butterflies

Amphibians are most visible in the rainy season. 20 species from 2 orders, 5 families and 10 genera are listed in the sanctuary.

Indian Bison or gaur (Bos gaurus) with a population around 610 in 2004,[4] is the flagship species of the area.Other mammals, living in the sanctuary are

  • Indian Leopard (5)
  • Sloth Bear
  • Wild Boar (80)
  • Barking Deer (140)
  • Mouse Deer (80)
  • Sambar (120)
  • Giant Squirrel 50) and
  • Wild Dogs (70). In recent years

Here are Birds seen. This sanctuary is designated as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International and is home to the rare and globally threatened

Birds seen here include

  • Vultures
  • eagles
  • Jungle fowl
  • Quails
  • Plovers
  • Sandpipers
  • Owlets
  • Doves
  • Owls
  • Nightjars
  • Kingfishers
  • Bee-eater
  • Hornbills
  • Woodpeckers
  • Bulbul
  • Flycatchers
  • Warblers
  • Wagtails
  • Sunbirds are commonly seen
  • Nilgiri wood-pigeon (Columba elphinstonii) Other species found here include the
  • Ceylon frogmouth
  • yellow-browed bulbul
  • dusky eagle-owl and
  • great pied hornbill
  • and one of India’s most admired songbirds
  • the Malabar whistlingthrush.
  • Ceylon frogmouth
  • yellow-browed bulbul
  • dusky eagle-owl and
  • great pied hornbill and one of India’s most admired songbirds,
  • the Malabar whistlingthrush.

Two species endemic to the Western Ghats : the small sunbird and the Malabar grey hornbill have been sighted here.This sanctuary is a favorite nesting place for the speckled piculet, Malabar crested lark, and some species of Himalayan birds such as the Indian blue robin during the winter months.
Threatened species of reptiles and amphibians seen in this sanctuary include: Malabar pit viper , Deccan ground gecko, Gunther’s cat skink, Beddome’s lacerta, Bombay bush frog Humayun’s wrinkled frog
Samrat Kelkar is the concerned person to talk his cell numbers are 096-04-113743, 91 94-21-174337

We at Ekant like to promote them hence you can talk directly to them regarding this Sanctuary is shut from mid June to mid October depending on the Monsoons Credit cards not accepted. Though there are ATM at Radhanagri (1 km)


  • Xerox of photo identification proof of every individual visiting
  • Umberella
  • Medicines
  • Torch
  • Shoes
  • Mosquito Repellent